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YouTube launches InVideo Programming

YouTube has added a new way for users to promote their videos and channels with the launch of a new feature called InVideo Programming.

The feature will allow users to promote a new video across all videos on their channel via a clickable thumbnail embedded within the player. InVideo Programming will allow channel owners to promote any content they want, old or new as well as promote the channel itself and will be available wherever regular video annotations are available.

Read more on the YouTube Creator blog.

Twitter tests ‘like’ and ‘star’ feature

Twitter appears to be testing like or star links on tweets among a select group of users. They appear where you’d normally find the favorite link so may well be set to replace the traditional favorite feature over time.

Pinterest adds website verification

Pinterest is rolling out a feature called website verification on profile pages. It will allow people to know more about the people they are following and for users to link to an external blog or website.

Pinterest commented, “We’ll be rolling out these features on the web this week, so it’s possible you won’t see the verify website option in your settings immediately. When your website is verified, people will see a checkmark next to your domain in search results,” the company said. “They will also see the full website URL and checkmark on your profile.”

Read more on Mashable Social.

Bing launches election site with social data

Somewhat curious timing given it’s less than two weeks before the elections but Bing has just unveiled Bing Elections. The site features news results from major US publications but also has an interactive map with election results and sentiment analysis across key issues based on data from Twitter and Facebook.

Google has been running its election hubs for quite a few US and international elections and has more data to throw around but Bing’s point of difference appears to be the stronger emphasis placed on social data and features.

Read more on the Bing blog.

Facebook tests Upcoming Concerts feature

Facebook is testing an Upcoming Concerts feature. It will suggest nearby music events based on location, user interests, listening activity and friend connections and deliver these suggestions as a story into users’ news feeds.

More on Inside Facebook.

Foursquare launches Halloween badges

Our NYC office neighbours Foursquare have launched some new badges that users earn by making holiday-related check-ins. Users who include “Happy Halloween” in the text of a check-in will get a pumpkin badge. There’s another badge up for grabs including an alarm clock with a spider web on it — for those who trick and treat and check in on Halloween day itself, instead of over the weekend.

Facebook has a new oldest user. And she’s 105

Earlier this year, a 101-year-old woman from Menlo Park was crowned the oldest user on Facebook. However, according to ABC News, a 105-year-old woman from New Mexico is officially the oldest.

Maria Colunia Segura-Metzgar turned 105 earlier this week and uses Facebook to keep in touch with her children and grandchildren. One of her grandsons, who set up the profile for her told ABC News, “I tried to sign her up on Facebook a few months ago, but it wouldn’t accept her birthdate. Then I tried again and just put in 101, and it accepted it for the timeline, even though she was 104 … Now on Facebook it says she’s 102 when, in reality, she’s 105.”

Maptimise launch one million tweets map

Launched on Friday, here’s an interesting data visualization from Maptimise showing where in the world tweets are being created in real time. It maps the last geolocalized tweets delivered by the twitter stream API and updates every time a tweet is sent. Every time 20 new tweets come in, the last 20 are then removed. The global map updates geotagged tweets through Twitter’s API. The data can be viewed as a heat map or cluster.

4chan users create #baldforbieber Twitter hoax

Originally posted on Oct 22, the hoax started with a screenshot of what appears to be a tweet from Entertainment Tonight’s official Twitter account announcing that Justin Bieber had been diagnosed with cancer and suggesting fans go #BaldforBieber to show support.

Shortly after this, BaldforBieber.com launched – again highlighting fake tweets from the pop star thanking fans for support, as well as linked to a number of bogus news stories. The hit counter on the site shows nearly a million visits this week. The hashtag also trended globally.

Clearly a lot of effort went into the hoax. It’s unclear whether many actually took out the clippers in support, but regardless, demonstrates the power of social to spread rumour and the importance of tapping credible sources.

Facebook removes collections in prep for full launch

Facebook’s closed shop on collections – the Pinterest style portfolio feature that allowed users to want or collect products that pages posted — but it temporarily removed all posts and activity related to it. However, this appears to be in preparation for a full launch. Facebook told TechCrunch the following:

“Product development on Collections has not stopped. Instead we have completed our initial test of Collections and are now analyzing the data to inform product development. For many of the product tests we do, we periodically pause the test to assess how to best progress with the product’s rollout.”

Shufflr hits Windows 8

This week, Shufflr launched a Windows 8 version of its social video app. With other major video players like YouTube and Vimeo absent in an official capacity, the Shufflr team believes there’s a big opp to gain marketshare quickly.

The basic concept is the same, as on other platforms with The Daily Fix section showing popular videos shared on Facebook or Twitter, and that are recommendations based on your social activity, your location, and what’s trending.

Twitter says there’s now 2,000 ways to interact with a tweet

Twitter launched its Expanded Tweets program with a select group of media partners back in July including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Wall Street Journal. The objective of Expanded Tweets is to increase the value and richness of content within a tweet by adding content previews, photos and videos etc in order to make the platform more sticky. Twitter announced this week that they are dramatically increasing the amount of partners they are working with.

Here’s what Sylvain Carle has to say on the Twitter blog.

“Earlier this summer, we introduced the ability to expand Tweets to see content previews, photos and videos right within a Tweet. At that time, we were working with a small group of partners. Today there are more than 2,000 ways to bring more interactive and engaging Tweets to your stream –– on twitter.com, as well as Twitter for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

When you click a Tweet that contains a link to a partner site, the Tweet will expand, and you’ll be able to see more content directly within it. Here are some examples; we’re working to offer even more options.”

Yahoo acquires Stamped

Yahoo is acquiring New York startup Stamped. Stamped lets users post commentary on content around the web and share it with Stamped social contacts.

The deal underlines Yahoo’s ambitions on becoming a player in mobile. Stamped’s own announcement suggested this change in direction saying that team will work on “something big, mobile, and new.”

Yahoo’s senior vice president of emerging products and technology, Adam Cahan, said of the deal, “[W]e’ve acquired a very talented team based in New York City to help us create a new center of mobile product development for Yahoo. … Their experience building fun, useful, personalized mobile products aligns well with Yahoo’s vision to create the best everyday mobile experience for our users.”

Are you a social media zombie?

According to Confused.com’s Halloween themed infographic, the social media zombie apocalypse is upon us. Oh dear. There are many types of social zombies from the check-In zombie, the hashtag zombie, the foodie zombie etc. It reveals telltale signs so you can spot a social media zombie and shows list of what each type of social content each zombie feeds on.

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